Makeup Artist Schools in Kentucky

Kentucky may be the perfect place to begin a career as a makeup artist. The state's makeup artist permit rules are pretty straightforward, and the pay may be higher than many other beauty careers in Kentucky. Browse our directory of makeup artistry schools in Kentucky, or skip ahead to learn about the state's makeup artistry licensing requirements and job outlook.

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F.A.C.E. Makeup Artistry

2121 Broadway Street
Paducah, KY 42001

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Kentucky Makeup Artist Careers At a Glance
  • 3 training hours are required to become licensed.
  • You must renew your license every year.
  • 0 continuing education hours are required to renew your license.
  • The average salary for makeup artists in Kentucky is $46,154.

To become a makeup artist in Kentucky, you need to take a three-hour approved sanitation course, turn in an application with photos, pay a fee, and... that's it! So long as you have an acceptable criminal record and don't plan to do anything other than use cosmetics on people's skin, you should be eligible for a Kentucky Makeup Artistry permit.

You need to renew your Kentucky makeup artist permit every July. No continuing education is required.

Kentucky Doesn't Require Makeup School At All?

No, you don't have to attend makeup school to be a makeup artist in Kentucky. You only need to complete a three-hour sanitation course.

That said, taking classes would be a good idea. While learning from experience and online sources like YouTube can yield excellent results, the reality is more nuanced.

You should consider taking classes related to:

  • Skin diseases, disorders, and allergies so you don't risk harming someone's skin
  • Cosmetic chemistry and safety to avoid potentially harmful cosmetics
  • Business and marketing to help increase your revenue and client base
  • Makeup skills where you may be lacking strength
  • General makeup if you've never gotten official help or feedback from professionals

Of course, that's just a short list. The possibilities are endless.

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Average yearly salary for makeup artistry in Kentucky

Makeup artists in Kentucky have told ZipRecruiter they earn an average of $46,154 annually. They found the state's makeup artists' pay typically ranges from $23,331 to $84,926.

The reason for an unlicensed professional to possibly make more than a licensed cosmetologist or esthetician is anyone's guess. It likely has to do with the special events (e.g., bridal) or highly skilled (e.g., special effects) makeup practices makeup artists engage in.

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